I appreciate management’s efforts in preventing spam from flooding the Forum. CFI is a market place for ideas, not for goods or services.
However, it seems that the net (filter) has a wide cast and otherwise interesting, informative, or humorous video clips cannot be linked because the clip starts with a 15 second ad from a bank or insurance company. This does not bother me, because anyone who sponsors a “worthy” presentation is entitled to recognition.
In my daily searches of CFI posts and treads, I have only come across one real spammer, who was cleverly referencing words to spam links in his blog. Then, recently there were several posts by people (person) who used their post “signature” for spamming and created several accounts with different spam signatures. Thus at one time there were some 6 active posts, each with different spam links hidden in the author’s signatures. That did bother me, because obviously that person (persons) was advertising specifically on CFI under the guise of participation in discussions.
But, several times now have serious and long standing members (including myself) tried to create a link, but were rebuffed by the server. I find that distressing, because I should very much like to see references made by a serious participant. I know that there is a way to type the addy for copying, but a quick link seems an efficient way to have instant access to the site and use that information immediately in the ongoing discussion. Just because the reference may be sponsored by an organization, does not make the subject matter any less valuable.
Is there a way to allow links in the body of the post but prevent pen-names and signatures from containing links?
Any abuse of spamming in the body of the post could be reported and the member warned or terminated. Until recently, this problem with spam was effectively dealt with, without restricting other members from linking to serious, informative, and sometimes funny websites, without inconvenience.
Can a compromise be programmed? Or is there a way to “earn” exemption from filtering, so that a member could post without being filtered for spam? Perhaps a coded clearance for members with seniority? I have always loved the sophistication and user friendliness of CFI Forum programming.